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35 gallon - what can i put in it?

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    35 gallon - what can i put in it?


    before i begin, sorry if the paragraphs are too long or this is unbearable to read because it's a little too lengthy. just want to provide as much information as i can.

    one of the big reasons i decided to join this forum was to ask this question since i can't find any forum posts from people asking the same question. i'm also already a part of multiple other animal forums, but they revolve around specific species. i don't plan on leaving this forum anytime soon despite this since it seems rather friendly and informative here.
    moving on to the actual topic...
    i have a 35 gallon that my mother and i picked up for free. it's still in a pretty nasty condition despite our few efforts already, but i can still do more to it. i don't know if i'll ever put anything in it, but of course i'd love to. the problem is i could put a great number of things in it, and i don't know which to pick, understandably.
    before i move on to actual ideas i've got so far, the dimensions of my tank are about 29.5 x 12 x 18.7 inches.
    i'll just list the animal i've thought about and the pros and cons that come with each one. if one of them simply won't work with a 35 gallon or i get any information wrong, i'd appreciate a correction, of course. i have done at least some research on each of these.

    1) aquarium
    it is a fish tank, so why not put fish in it? i'm not well-versed in the subject of saltwater aquariums, so it would most likely be freshwater. it would be a community tank, but that's as far as my knowledge will go. not yet sure what individual species i would put in it.

    pros: fish are the thing i know my dad would be somewhat fine with. i can really make a tank look amazing if i add the right kinds of fish and decorations - the only fish i've ever kept before are bettas, so it'd be fun to play around with it.

    cons: still not completely positive on certain aquarium topics. i've still got lots to learn about fish. that's the only con i can think of.

    2) gerbils
    i used to have a gerbil, but before i didn't keep him in the right conditions. and yes, i said HE - not they. you can tell already. and yes, he was originally in a pair. yikes.

    pros: i don't think gerbils would be too expensive (neither would fish, i don't think). i'd also probably only keep a pair since i'd be too antsy about odd numbers or multiple pairs since i've never had experience with them, meaning the two little gals or guys will have quite the space to live, if i've researched correctly.

    cons: dad might not be too happy.

    3) reptiles
    i think i've got quite the few options here - crocodile skink, snakes, geckos, anoles, and the list goes on.

    pros: I WOULD HAVE SO MUCH FUN WITH ANY OF THESE.

    cons: might be a bit different when it comes to food. skinks, anoles, and geckos would need live food, and the only ones i can get around here are crickets, which means a nonexistent variety unless i buy online. also, my dad would never let me get a snake, and that just might be the worst curse i've ever been given to deal with.

    4) amphibians
    i actually just now thought of this one. i remember looking up the care of reed frogs in the past, and i could probably keep quite a few in a tank this large. i think dart frogs are also an option, though i haven't done an ounce of research on them yet.

    pros: same thing as reptiles.

    cons: live food is also pretty necessary for the species i know something about, and i also don't believe they can typically eat things as big as crickets. they mainly require wingless fruit flies and other really small insects, if i remember correctly.

    i think that's all i've thought of so far and all that i think i could keep in a 35 gallon. i apologize if this is too long or if i got anything wrong or if i said something weird or silly. opinions and other ideas are appreciated, if anyone here can give them. i suppose this post isn't really about the pros outweighing the cons, because otherwise i'd have my questions answered. like i said, new ideas are definitely accepted.

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    I'd say go with the fist, but having a salt water tank can be expensive, the water has to be just right, not to hot, not to cold, the ph has to be right ect. My nephew has a salt water tank its gorgeous but he said never again, to much work and very expensive.

    With having a cat would you be comfortable for its safety it you got a gerbil with a cat around? Even covered a determined cat will figure out how to get the top off and get to it, its a rodent and cats are hardwired to kill rodents

    Reptiles belong left out where they are. They have a tiny brain and have no loyalty, they only see you as a food supplier and if you don't have any you'll do.

    I don't like to see anything caged, what kind of a life do they have living in a cage?

    I'm not a fan of birds and bugs. I don't like anything that flies at me.

    The choice is yours, just my opinion
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    I'd say go with the fist, but having a salt water tank can be expensive, the water has to be just right, not to hot, not to cold, the ph has to be right ect. My nephew has a salt water tank its gorgeous but he said never again, to much work and very expensive.

    With having a cat would you be comfortable for its safety it you got a gerbil with a cat around? Even covered a determined cat will figure out how to get the top off and get to it, its a rodent and cats are hardwired to kill rodents

    Reptiles belong left out where they are. They have a tiny brain and have no loyalty, they only see you as a food supplier and if you don't have any you'll do.

    I don't like to see anything caged, what kind of a life do they have living in a cage?

    I'm not a fan of birds and bugs. I don't like anything that flies at me.

    The choice is yours, just my opinion
    i'm aware of those few things about salt water tanks. i said in my post that i'd probably get a freshwater tank rather than a saltwater because i'm not well-versed on the subject, but i know how expensive and difficult it can be and that definitely plays a role as well.

    if i had gerbils i wouldn't let my cats in my room, no matter the circumstances. this is especially because they can get on my bed, and the only place i can put the tank is on my dresser, which is right next to the bed.

    i get where your opinions come from, and to each their own.

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    do you think that would be fair to the cats? They are used to going in your room and probably sleeping with you and all of a sudden they are banned? And there is always the possibility of them getting into your room, you forget to shut the door tight, maybe your mom goes in to clean and they sneak in and hide under the bed ect. I don't know about your cats hunting abilities but my bengal would not rest until he got it, he's made it his mission in life to rid the world of rodents and its not if only when he'd eventually get it
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    do you think that would be fair to the cats? They are used to going in your room and probably sleeping with you and all of a sudden they are banned? And there is always the possibility of them getting into your room, you forget to shut the door tight, maybe your mom goes in to clean and they sneak in and hide under the bed ect. I don't know about your cats hunting abilities but my bengal would not rest until he got it, he's made it his mission in life to rid the world of rodents and its not if only when he'd eventually get it
    honestly the only cat that i allow in my room is my own cat, Romeo. i actually also don't allow him in all the time because i have a rabbit (who he really leaves alone anyway but i still don't like him being in the same room while i'm not) and a gecko that he especially likes to mess with. the point is, i already have pets in my room that i don't like them being around.
    my mom never cleans my room herself, but the other things are definitely a possibility. that's all they are, though, and there's a possibility of that happening with any animal you keep along with a dog or a cat. i'm not saying that i'm going to completely disregard this of happening because it's only something that MIGHT happen, but as with any of my pets i'm going to be extra careful.
    based on what i've heard about bengals, they are rather high-energy cats. once again, i'm not saying my cats wouldn't try to get my gerbils if they had the chance. i just know that bengals are particularly feisty cats (because they're closely descended from wild cats, i think?). my aunt or some other family member had a bengal once, and i remember my brother and i trying to pet him without quite understanding his level of energy and needless to say got our hands a bit scratched up. not sure if the aunt or whatever was just not playing with him enough, but then again she did have visitors over for a few hours (aka us).

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    my bengal is very sweet and loving, as long as he gets what he wants. Like he doesn't like anyone sitting in "his chair" if you sit there he will glare at you and if you still don't move he will jump in your lap and bite you. I don't call him an aggressive cat, just demanding, he knows what he wants and he will let you know what he wants and as long as he gets whatever he wants he's fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    my bengal is very sweet and loving, as long as he gets what he wants. Like he doesn't like anyone sitting in "his chair" if you sit there he will glare at you and if you still don't move he will jump in your lap and bite you. I don't call him an aggressive cat, just demanding, he knows what he wants and he will let you know what he wants and as long as he gets whatever he wants he's fine.
    i suppose each cat is different. i wouldn't call him aggressive either, but i haven't had a cat yet who's done that before!

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    Do a freshwater planted community tank. Much more interesting than a plain boring fish tank, but not as expensive as a saltwater tank (I'm a reef aquarist).

    In the tank, you could have several types of tetras that stay small (my favorites are neons and white clouds). Also in the tank, put a couple of the very small brown underwater frogs (not the larger white ones - those a aggressive and will kill really small fish like most tetras).

    You will need very good lights, and that will be the most expensive part of the setup.

    Planted aquariums need a lot fewer water changes than standard fish tanks, because the plants take up nutrients and nitrate from the water. When I had freshwater tanks with plants, I only did water changes maybe 4 times a year, and my water chemistry was great.

    A very easy to grow and fast growing plant for an aquarium is java fern (not to be confused with java moss). You can make java fern your starting out plant, and when you see that it is growing well, then add some other plant species. You will have to prune plants that are fast growing, like the java fern, because you might not want a single plant taking over the tank and shadowing or choking out the other plants. Stay away from anacharis plants.

    If you want to ask me questions, feel free to do so. I am a reef aquarist and for a while was the aquatics specialist at a pet store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catsandcorals View Post
    Do a freshwater planted community tank. Much more interesting than a plain boring fish tank, but not as expensive as a saltwater tank (I'm a reef aquarist).

    In the tank, you could have several types of tetras that stay small (my favorites are neons and white clouds). Also in the tank, put a couple of the very small brown underwater frogs (not the larger white ones - those a aggressive and will kill really small fish like most tetras).

    You will need very good lights, and that will be the most expensive part of the setup.

    Planted aquariums need a lot fewer water changes than standard fish tanks, because the plants take up nutrients and nitrate from the water. When I had freshwater tanks with plants, I only did water changes maybe 4 times a year, and my water chemistry was great.

    A very easy to grow and fast growing plant for an aquarium is java fern (not to be confused with java moss). You can make java fern your starting out plant, and when you see that it is growing well, then add some other plant species. You will have to prune plants that are fast growing, like the java fern, because you might not want a single plant taking over the tank and shadowing or choking out the other plants. Stay away from anacharis plants.

    If you want to ask me questions, feel free to do so. I am a reef aquarist and for a while was the aquatics specialist at a pet store.
    thank you for the suggestion! i don't believe i have any questions. i'll definitely consider it.

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